After many years of seeking new horizons, the mountain villages of northern New Mexico have become Sally Delap-John’s home.
At the early age of five, Sally literally “pedaled” (on a tricycle) her small pencil sketches to the neighborhood in rural Minkler, California. Her affinity for art smoldered through the early years and began to blossom during a year’s study in Florence, Italy. Completing a B.A. and M.A. at Fresno State University, she took a teaching position in Australia. The fields of study during college of geography and art found ground for the next few years. Several years after returning to the U.S. she found the combination of teaching at the local community college and teaching students on independent study allowed time to take a few more classes in watercolor and later oils.
The wealth of instructors in California’s Central Valley was very deep: Sam Rae, James Soares, Gay McCline, Millie Pepper, and Paul Buxman. New Mexico artists that have inspired Sally are Walt Gonske, Luisa McElwain, and Robert Daughters among others.
As a fledgling artist, Sally joined and served on the boards of many local art associations: Society of Western Artists, Alliance of California Artists, Kingsburg Art Council, Kings River Arts Council, Sanger Art Guild. She served as the gallery coordinator in Kingsburg and also for The Art Stand, a co-op near Minkler, that she co-founded. She is a former member of the Door Art Gallery in Fresno; and the gallery artist for Cedar View Winery. In New Mexico, she served as president of the High Road Art Tour, 2014 – 2016. She is a past artist for Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently, she is a gallery artist at “The Art Hotel”, La Posada de Santa Fe and The Madelaine in Telluride, Colorado.
Sally has been a featured artist in New Mexico, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector.